TOTAL CHRISTIAN LIFE MINISTRY

I'm Sooo Hot!!

by Cynthia Jennings on October 16, 2019
I’m Sooo Hot!!!!

“I’m sooo hot! God if you don’t help me, I’m going to lose my mind!” I know at first glance it appears I’m talking about what all women will experience, perimenopause or menopause. I know the phrase fits, but what I’m actually talking about is the emotion of frustration that builds up when working in ministry, at home, work or dealing with our spouse, children and people in general. The unexpected, unwanted frustrated feeling that rises to a hot boiling point of they just don’t understand, when asked to do one more thing before any other task has been completed. Or when that person just gets on your very lasssssst nerve! Whew….Ok breathe, be calm.

As a woman have you ever been at a boiling point?  If not hold on to your lid, you too will have the unexpected, unwanted experience of saying, “I’m sooo hot!” When I feel myself “getting hot” I immediately stop what I’m doing and pray. {Ok…to be honest, not always. Sometimes I want to waddle in the anger}. I had to learn once I’m at the point of “getting hot,” to acknowledge that I have over extended myself, mismanaged my time, or someone has really gotten on my nerves {which takes a lot for me to get to this point} causing me to become anxious, thus the boiling point of “I’m sooo hot!”

I am a verrry calm person by nature and I don’t like how I feel when I get to a boiling point. For most people if they see me, they would never know I’m at my boiling point. But internally I’m on fire, and unfortunately my body lets me know by the way it adversely behaves.

Recently I was tested and I became sooooo hot. This blog (which is slightly edited...lol) I wrote years ago came to my mind. When I read it, not only did a calm come over me but a reassurance of God’s Word and a reminder God will oftentimes test you in an area you think you have overcome.

Philippians 4:6 states, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Prayer refocuses me, thus putting Jesus at the forefront of my mind so I am able to renew my mind, (Philippians 2:5) and die to my flesh (2 Corinthians 4:16). Praying allows me to intentionally think and meditate on his word to calm the “hotness.” My favorite scripture and the one I meditate on often is, Philippians 4:8-9. It reads, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”

Dealing with the issue of “I’m sooo hot” is a matter of discipline and self-control. I know you’re probably thinking the “I’m sooo hot” is warranted. That may be true, but we must remember we don’t want to be a stumbling block to another sister in Christ or a hindrance to a sister who has yet to accept Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. (1 Corinthians 6:12).

I’m not saying I will never experience being “sooo hot. However, the following tools will effectively equip me to handle any situation that gets me to the boiling point of being sooo hot.
 
PEARLStoPONDER: When I get the unexpected, unwanted feeling of “I’m sooo hot,” the following three steps are essential to my cooling down process. I pray they will help you as well.
1. Pray: Ephesians 6:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; James 5:16
2. Meditate: Psalm 1:2; Psalm 19:14; Joshua 1:8
3. Self-control: Proverbs 25:28; Proverbs 29:11; Ephesians 6:12; 1 Peter 4:7
 
 
 
 
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